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Peter Lewis from our DSP subject areas shared this with us today,

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an excerpt from 'The Prophet' by Kahlil Gibran =)

Teaching XVIII
Then said a teacher, "Speak to us of Teaching."

And he said:
No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of our knowledge.

The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness.

If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.

The astronomer may speak to you of his understanding of space, but he cannot give you his understanding.
The musician may sing to you of the rhythm which is in all space, but he cannot give you the ear which arrests the rhythm nor the voice that echoes it.
And he who is versed in the science of numbers can tell of the regions of weight and measure, but he cannot conduct you thither.

For the vision of one man lends not its wings to another man.
And even as each one of you stands alone in God's knowledge, so must each …

The Joys of Teaching

Then Jesus took his desciples up the mountain and gathering them around him,
He taught them saying:
Blessed are thge poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the meek,
Blessed are they that mourn,
Blessed are the merciful,
Blessed are they that thirst for justice,
Blessed are you when persecuted,
Blessed are you when you suffer.
Be glad and rejoice for your reward is great in heaven.
Then Simon Peter said, "Are we supposed to know this?"
And Andrew said, "Do we have to write this down?"
And James said, "Will we have a test on this?"
And Phillip Said, "I don't have any paper."
And Bartholomew said, "Do we have to turn this in?"
And John said, "The other disciples don't have to learn this!"
And Matthew said, "May I go to the toilet?"
Then one of the Pharisees who was present asked to see Jesus's lesson plan and inquired of Jesus, "Where is your anticipatory set and objectives i…

Backgrounds and motivations

After catchup drinks last night it was evident that most of the associates seemed at least a little nervous about what the initial intensive will be like. Some were looking forward to it, while others were less enthusiastic and were just eager to hop straight into classrooms.

A possible contributing factor, and something which I found surprising, was the breadth of backgrounds and motivations behind why the associates joined the program. Ranging from x-bankers, accountants, consultants, lawyers - who decided the corporate world wasn't for them, to fresh university graduates - who were looking for the next step to enhance their career opportunities, network and do something good at the same time, to people who were considering teaching as a career and this just happened to be at the right place at the right time, or other's like myself - who have no idea what they want to do and just going with the flow.

It would be interesting to see how this affects the dynamics in the intens…

Hi Everyone

Hey Guys,
I'm kind of new to the blogging scene, and I don't think status updates on Facebook count! I just thought I'd post something to see how it all works and help get the ball rolling.
I think this is a fantastic medium with which we can keep in contact, not only during the intensive (though we'll be living with each other and no doubt doing cool stuff like going to the beach after class), but during the next 2 years. After talking with Arthur over the phone and at breakfast (his enthusiasm is contagious!) my awe of the TFA team has just gone even higher. They are incredibly professional and enthusiastic, and there'll definitely be a lot to share on blogs like this during our associate experience.
I think as the word gets out more (so many people now are nodding their heads when, after asking what I'm doing next year, I ask them if they've heard of TFA) I think many more opinions are also formulated. I had a bit of a heated 'discussion' over d…

Intensive Anticipation

So it's just over a month before the "intensive academy" starts and things are starting to come together. After meeting with some of the associates for breakfast the other day, we all agreed that it would be great to meet for drinks regularly coming up to the academy so we would have more of an opportunity to discuss thoughts, questions and sentiments with others in the same boat.

I'm not sure how other people feel about preparing themselves for the initial intensive but I've been trying to read as much as I can - mainly through books, such as
      - "Work Hard, Be Nice" by Jay Mathews which is the story of two Teach for America alums who started the famous KIPP (knowledge is power program) charter schools in the States.


      -  " Relentless Pursuit" by journalist Donna Foote, a heavier account following a few TFA'ers in of one of the rougher schools in the States, - I'm still on a few chapters in but I'd reccomend it. Well writte…